I needed an accordion folder. This one was already in my stash of office things, but it was definitely not my style...so I gave it a makeover!
Cutesy and functional but definitely not me!
First thingâ€™s first, tear away the cardboard exterior, doing as little damage as possible.
Thereâ€™s an elastic band that is used to close the folder. Yank that out from behind and put it aside. Weâ€™re going to do something totally different for our closure!
On the opposite side is the button that the elastic goes around. Weâ€™ll bend it and wiggle it until we can pull it out of the hole with minimal destruction.
Now, that glue needs cleaning up. Weâ€™ll peel all that away
Now, the fabric. How about a remnant from another project?
Oh no, itâ€™s too short! Ideally, it needs to be a few inches bigger on each side. And, it definitely needs to be ironed!
Not to worry, just add a bit of another fabric to one end. Thatâ€™ll create a lovely front!
For a touch of magic, spray basting. Because this is a permanent application, regular spray adhesive will work, too.
I think a little padding will be nice, and I just happen to have this bit of leftover lightweight batting from another project.
Now, weâ€™ll spray baste the fabric to the batting. Spray the batting and not the fabric and, of course, we follow manufacturerâ€™s instructions!
Add spray baste to the outside of the decorative cardboard. It doesnâ€™t matter at this point which end of the folder is front or back, as long as we get it even!
Hmm, now about some pretty ribbon? This was saved from a gift I received a couple of years ago.
There are lots of adhesive options at this point, but after seeing how the folder was originally constructed, I think weâ€™ll break out the trusty old glue gun!
Weâ€™ll make it extra pretty by gluing each corner down first.
Glue and repeat!
Nice, all four are in place now!
Now, weâ€™ll fold the four sides and glue those in places. This bit might be tricky because we want it taut, but not too tight.
Lots of glue is necessary to make sure all the layers stay in place.
With all the seams glued, it looks so pretty!
Itâ€™s all ready for ribbon now!
The ribbon cut in half and glued in the center of each side is just the ticket! Gluing it directly to the cardboard gives it some extra durability.
Both sides are in place, so now itâ€™s time for the final steps!
Letâ€™s put the accordion back in the folder! Weâ€™ll sit it right in the center.
Letâ€™s get it all straight so that we donâ€™t have a weird end sticking out or anything! Start at the bottom and swipe the glue back and forth just like it was originally. Be fast, the glue dries quick!*
*Do not, repeat, do not glue the bottom of the file to the outside cover! It needs to be able to expand and contract, or, ehem, accordion.
For extra security, weâ€™ll add more glue up the sides and around the top.
Squish the side hard!
Keep smoothing it until it feels like itâ€™s set. We want the bonds to be nice and firm! With all the glue in place, weâ€™re done! Wow, that was quick.
Weâ€™ll change the categories up with some leftover mailing peel and stick labels. A couple of the originals still apply!
Isnâ€™t that nice?
This is a file folder I can travel with. I might even bring some crayons.